U.S.: Poor women have over twice as many unwanted pregnancies as middle class counterparts

Study shows that poorer women have a much higher incidence of unwanted pregnancies. Photo via Flickr Commons Johannes Jander.

A recent study show that over the last few years, there has been a marked increase in the amount of unplanned pregnancies within the poorer communities in the U.S.. By contrast, the amount of unplanned pregnancies among the middle class and wealthy has sharply declined.

Researchers from the Guttmacher institute are studying the numbers as an organization which provides tools to combat unwanted pregnancies. The Guttmacher Institute encourages the use of various reliable birth control devices as well as abortion to handle unintended pregnancies.

While women below the poverty level have seen an increase of 40% since 2006 compared to women of whom were at least 200% above the level of poverty, saw a decrease in unwanted pregnancies by almost 30% over the past 5 years.

According to MSNBC, the authors did not venture to make an educated guess as to why the disparity exists, however, Lawrence Finer, the director of domestic research at the organization said that the research was in line with other health care disparities between the middle class and the poor.

Perhaps what Finer was alluding to, is that middle class women likely have better access to birth control as a result of better access to doctors and health benefits.